I did a quick photo shoot on my way to work today to showcase my newly finished late 1940s button-down, from Simplicity 2684! It's my first real, tailored button-down, and even though parts of it are janky... please be proud. It required several new skills! (There are sewing details at the bottom!)
This blouse is actually a wearable muslin to see if this pattern would work for some novelty print fabric I have. Although I do like how it turned out, I'm not sure that it's exactly what I want. I think I would like to try a more fitted version that can tuck in more easily. I happened to have purchased another pattern that will arrive soon that just might do the trick!
Also, tip for life, don't do a pattern for the first time with stripes. One pocket happened to line up in a happy coincidence, but the other didn't, and it bothers me a bit. Not to mention some of the seams aren't exactly straight and don't line up with the stripes, due to my not-so-perfect skills and the pattern itself. Don't do that to yourself.
I paired the button-down with jeans made from a 1960s pattern and some 1940s deadstock ballet flats that I swapped for. Since it's Friday and I don't care about my hair at all by this point in the week, I put it all up in a couple of bandanas. Accent bandanas, like the lighter blue polka dotted one, are becoming my new "thing." They're a great use for those sheer, silky bandanas that show bobby pins too much underneath or are too slippery to wear by themselves.
Also, random note, Dietrich loves our morning walks. I'm pretty sure it's his second favorite thing of the day, only beaten by an evening run. Because he loves running more than anything. He actually dog-smiles after a run. I, on the other hand, am rarely smiling after a run...
blouse: Simplicity 2684, from wearevintagesewing Etsy shop
jeans: Butterick 9779
navy bandana: Hobby Lobby
accent bandana: flea market
lipstick: Estee Lauder Rubellite
Here is a summary of the pattern details and things I changed:
Fabric: 100% cotton
Pattern: Simplicity 2684
Year: late 1940s
Notions: 9 buttons
How historically accurate is it? Very accurate! I think only the plastic buttons may be a bit off, but even plastic buttons were used in the 40s, so it could be just fine!
Any tricky parts to the pattern? Not too much, except for the fact that there are men's tailoring skills needed, like using felled seams. I had never done that, so the sleeves, especially, were tricky for me. It also took me much pondering to figure out the cuff opening (where it buttons) and how to bind that, but I got it!
Did you change anything? Nope, I did not!
Time to complete: 4 days (lots of tailoring details, like I said)
First worn: August 30, 2014
Total cost: Everything was from my stash, so..... yeah, just the cost of the pattern, about $10
Notes: I would recommend sizing down, as with most 40s patterns. This 30" bust size worked well for me although I'm a 32". Some of the tailoring methods are also a bit tricky, and every buttonhole is bound.